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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a heavy overcoat.
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Origin of greatcoat

First recorded in 1655–65; great + coat
Related formsgreat·coat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for greatcoat

frock, raincoat, overcoat, cloak, jacket, suit, wrap, tuxedo, windbreaker, threads, trench, cape, tux, anorak, slicker, mink, ulster, cutaway, mackinaw, topcoat

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British Dictionary definitions for greatcoat


  1. a heavy overcoat, now worn esp by men in the armed forces
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Derived Formsgreatcoated, adjective
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Word Origin and History for greatcoat


"large, heavy overcoat," 1660s, from great + coat (n.).

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